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SPAN 987 01 (23258)  
Religion and the Novel in Contemporary Spanish American Narrative
Aníbal González Perez
Th 2.30-4.20 CO493 103
Spring 2014 
This seminar examines the various ways in which religious discourse was appropriated in the twentieth-century Spanish American novel and considers the processes that have led some authors to sacralize the novel and others to desacralize it. We also consider the meaning of the "literary theology" that Spanish American literature has generated by creatively adapting into its makeup a variety of religious concepts, such as the holy, the afterlife, eternity, reincarnation, salvation, canonization, and the various theories about the nature of God. Primary readings include authors such as Federico Gamboa, María Luisa Bombal, Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Severo Sarduy, Mario Vargas Llosa, Tomás Eloy Martínez, Fernando Vallejo, and Roberto Bolaño. Secondary texts include Longinus, Emil Durkheim, Rudolf Otto, Maurice Blanchot, and James Thrower.

In Spanish.